Pogba Risks Missing World Cup After Knee Surgery Call

After resting and rehabbing for five weeks, Paul Pogba tested out his injured knee on the pitch, but it didn’t go well, and he had surgery to remove a torn meniscus right away. He will miss 40-to-60 days, which puts in presence in the Qatar World Cup in jeopardy, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

The midfielder got hurt during the summer in the USA. He elected not to go under the knife but try a conservative treatment. While it helped ease the pain, the joint didn’t respond well once he resumed practicing. He had the ruptured meniscus scooped up rather than repaired. The other route would have knocked him out for more time but likely prevented problems in the future.

Coach Massimiliano commented on Pogba having knee surgery in the presser ahead of the PSG clash (via DAZN).

“We are realistic and we think we will have him back in January. This is where things are at, even if we don’t like it. He took the field for the second time this morning, he pulled up and opted for this solution. Whether he can play in the World Cup or not is not my problem. Ours is that he will not return in 2022. You can’t change the past, and it’s pointless to consider alternative scenarios. We have to focus on games now.”

Our Take on Pogba Ultimately Having Knee Surgery

This turn of events was looming when the injury first occurred, but the club let the player decide on his own, which was understandable but not necessarily correct. One has to wonder whether this could have been assessed in advance, as Juventus probably wouldn’t have let Denis Zakaria go if they knew.

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